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Rolling road closures for weekend’s 10k race

Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

HUNDREDS of runners are getting ready to put their best foot forward this weekend for the Asda Foundation Leicester 10k run.

The event, which took place for the first time last year, is being held on Sunday, September 9, to help raise tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes. It is being organised by Run For All, in partnership with Leicester City Council.

A series of rolling road and junction closures will take place throughout the race to ensure the safety of those taking part.

Starting and finishing in Abbey Park, the route takes runners across the Grand Union Canal and into the city centre, past the Richard III Visitor Centre, in the shadow of the cathedral, twice over the River Soar and back to the park.

Runners will set off at 9am from Abbey Park, and are all expected to have completed the race by 11am.

Rolling road closures will be in operation between 8.00am and 11am on the route.

From Abbey Park, the race will travel along St Margaret’s Way, South Church Gate, Bay Street and loop back round to Friday Street, before heading down Craven Street, Sanvey Gate and the bottom section of St Margaret’s Way to head onto Vaughan Way southbound.

Runners will then head to Causeway Lane into the Highcross shopping area to High Street, St Nicholas Place, Applegate, Peacock Lane, St Martins, Hotel Street and towards Leicester Market.

The route then takes in Market Place South, Market Place Approach, Gallowtree Gate and down towards the Clock Tower, before heading out to Belgrave Gate and onto Belgrave Road. Runners will turn off along Loughborough Road, Thurcaston Road, and onto Abbey Lane, following it city-bound towards Abbey Park once more.

The race will then turn left into Abbey Park Road and back into the park itself, where the final kilometre will be run.

Full details and timings of all road closures are available at

Run For All’s head of events Tristan Batley-Kyle, said: “We were delighted with the success of last year’s debut event and are looking forward to bringing another 10K to Leicester.

“To ensure the safety of everyone involved, a number of roads will be closed or have access restricted. We will make every effort to reopen the roads as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.”

The Leicester 10K is the part of the Asda Foundation 10K series, which includes runs in Leeds, York, Lincoln, Burnley, Nottingham, King’s Lynn, Bury, Sheffield and Hull.

The series forms part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2million for charity by tackling a string of endurance challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. Her family have continued to raise money in her name, with £10million now raised for charity through the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Run For All.

Details of all traffic and travel in Leicester are available from Area Traffic Control via @ATCLeicester